Loma Ridge Report

A Weekly Newsletter From Mrs. Berumen

Back To School Night Follow-up

Thank you for coming to our first Back to School Night at Loma Ridge last week! We were excited to have so many parents participate and we look forward to our partnership with you this year. For your reference, my Back to School Night presentation is linked here.

School Site Council Candidates & Voting Opportunity

I'm excited to introduce the six candidates that have expressed interest in supporting our first Loma Ridge School Site Council! We have five parent positions to fill so please read the information provided by each candidate below and click on the link to vote. You will only be able to vote once and voting will close on Wednesday, September 18th. Thank you!


Marcela Moskowitz


Hi! My name is Marcela Gonzalez-Moskowitz and I am excited for the opportunity to represent you in Loma Ridge’s school site council (SSC). As a parent of two children in Loma Ridge, I am excited to help the school any way possible. Prior to Loma Ridge, I served as a member of the Cypress Village SSC and was a member of the PTA executive board. These experiences have taught me what is required to create and operate a great school. It also gave me an appreciation for all the hard work our teachers, admins, and school staff put in each day. If elected a member of the Loma Ridge SSC, I will continue to work and support our school and be a channel of communication, participation, and a voice to our parent community. Together we can make Loma Ridge’s first year a foundation for continued success.


Prashanth Kambal


I am a Software Engineer by profession and I would like to be involved with any software related education that the students will be receiving in school. I would also like to help when possible so they are completely ready for the future. I had a really enjoyable school life and I would like my daughter (and other students) to have the same kind of school life. I would like to understand how kids learn and make sure they enjoy their time in school and also actually learn. I am new to the neighborhood and would love the chance to be involved with school related activities. I enjoy the outdoors and I am hoping the students get to do more outdoor activities.I am pretty objective about things and understand things from a neutral standpoint and hope to help the entire community. I manage a few social groups and that will help me with organizing meetings and keep track of logistics if needed.


Janine Guenard


Hello, I’m Janine Guenard, a mother of two children at Loma Ridge. I have been a part of IUSD as a student, parent, and volunteer. I have 25 years of experience as an elementary school teacher. During this time, I undertook the lead of School Site Council and have been involved on multiple school site councils as both a parent and educator. Through my years of teaching and being involved in school site councils I have gained the knowledge and experience needed to be part of establishing a new School Site Council at Loma Ridge. I am deeply involved in my kids’ education and the community, serving on community boards. I see this as an opportunity to help shape our children’s future success and look forward to serving the families and children at Loma Ridge.


Jimmy Ngo

After graduating from California State University, Fullerton and becoming an Irvine resident in 2001, I pursued my interest as an entrepreneur and have been a business owner since. Through proper planning, budgeting and goal setting, I was able to weather through tough economic hardships and continue to thrive. Now with little ones in the picture, I made it a priority to carve out time to participate in the care, growth, and development of my current and two future Roadrunners. As Executive Vice President of the PTA, I came to understand the importance of supplementing programs for our kids, the capacities of our school, and resources available to bridge the two. I hope with this opportunity I can help fulfill the needs of, and advocate for, our staff and Roadrunners.


Todd Gun


Todd Gun is a professional business consultant in the electronics, health science and bio sensor domain. Todd Gun holds a BA from University of Arkansas, and is currently pursuing STEM credential from STEM.org. Todd also has obtained certificates from Amazon Web Services in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning. Todd recently joined a reputable after-school computer science and coding franchise for kids; Todd enjoys working with students and have served two consecutive years in-classroom volunteering program. With ample of knowledge in computer science and passion for youth Science-education, as a parent representative for Loma Ridge SSC, Todd is looking forward to help our students to be better prepared for the 21st century. Todd Gun lives in Portola Springs, and have 2nd grade twin girls attending Loma Ridge.


Roy Zheng


I am a father of 3 young kids (7,5 and 3 years old) and have long term vested interest in the well being of the new school. Engineer by training, I had years of project management career and am currently senior account manager with Panasonic Avionics overseeing accounts worth millions of dollars. My aspiration to run for the school site council is from my Asian root, which values highly the importance of education. With 40% of Irvine population being Asian, I hope more and more Asians can participate in the community development so that we can contribute with our values & voices.


Please click here to vote.

First Loma Ridge Dine-out for 2019-2020

Our PTA is coordinating monthly dine-out experiences as both a fundraising and community building event. We are excited to join our students and their families for food and fun at these events! Our first dine-out is coming up on September 26th at the California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) on Alton and Jeffrey. CPK will donate 20% of the proceeds to our school and if you can't make it for dinner, please consider dining out for lunch or placing a take-out order. Please see the flier with the details. We hope to see you there!
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Parking Lot Reminders

We've noticed that many parents are not pulling all the way forward toward the administration building during drop-off and pick-up. Please wait for the line of cars to move forward and for the students to exit the cars. After those parents move on to exit the parking lot, please pull your car all the way forward and have your child exit your car in front of the school. Our intention is to avoid having parents pull out of the drop-off/pick-up lane and into the drive through lane of traffic. We have observed many close calls with this practice and we'd like to ensure the safety of our community members and avoid accidents. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Join Our PTA for the Annual NAMIWalks supporting Mental Health Awareness

NAMIWalks Orange County – Loma Ridge Elementary PTA is coordinating with Irvine Unified Council PTA to attend this year’s NAMIWalks hosted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. After 17 years, NAMIWalks is the nation’s largest mental health awareness and fundraising event. This year’s 5K walk is on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. It’s free to attend and is a family fun event for all ages and fitness levels!

If you are interested in attending with Loma Ridge Elementary PTA, please contact Mimi Chen at Treasurer@LomaRidgePTA.Org. 1 in 5 people in the United States will experience a mental health condition each year – Let’s help bring awareness and break the stigma! For more information, visit the NAMI site here: https://www.namiwalks.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.event&eventID=837

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From our Elementary Resource Counselor

We are fortunate to have an amazing Elementary Resource Counselor (ERC) on campus three days a week to work with students and families. Mimi Marrocco is available to our school community and you can find out more information about her role by clicking here. In addition to supporting our students, Mrs. Marrocco plans to support parents with parent education opportunities. In an effort to best serve our community, we ask that you complete this short survey which will communicate the areas of need for Mrs. Marrocco. She will design parent education opportunities and resources based on those needs. Mrs. Marrocco can be reached at mimimarrocco@iusd.org and is on campus Monday through Wednesday every week.

Cafeteria News - Lunch Service Only

This is a friendly reminder that our cafeteria will be open for lunch service only this year. Please be sure to send your child with a small snack for morning recess if he/she is planning to buy lunch. Hydration stations are located throughout our campus and include access to filtered water. Please send your child with a personal water bottle so that we ensure adequate hydration on these hot summer days.

Shop and Earn for Loma Ridge

We are proud to have our first shop-n-earn for our PTA with Community for Cause. Download the app on your smartphone, select Loma Ridge Elementary for your cause, and scan your receipts. We will start earning money each time you shop. There's over 1,000 CFC merchants including: Peppino's, Juice It Up, and SportClips just to name a few. Thank you for your support!
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